September 19th, 2008 Amir
We always claim that marketing abroad is a good idea. However, some people should really avoid that.
1) You’ll meet less people
Yes, really. Imagine the income from your web business tripling. You could give up your job and live off your website.
Think of the people you meet every day – the receptionist, your boss and your co-workers. You’re not going to be seeing too much of them any more when you start working from home. Sure, you can still meet them from time to time, but not every day, 9 hours a day, right?
2) You’ll need much more patience for your wife and kids
This one is very serious. Do you think you can handle spending hours every day with your kids? When was the last time you spent 2 hours with a toddler? They like to play, sing and paint – when was the last time you did any of that?
And, on sunny days, they’ll probably expect you to go to the park. Are you sure you’re up to that? After all those years of staying in the safe and familiar environment of your office, can you handle the outside world?
Last but not least, think about your wife. Yes, have a quick look at that photo on your desk – that’s the one. She might want to spend some time with you too…
3) Managing is tough work, much harder than taking orders
When you’re the boss of your own business, it means you’re going from development to management. At least on a part time basis.
Right now, you’ve got you boss taking care of your schedule and making sure you stay on track. When you become your boss, you’ll have others to manage and no one to blame.
It’s a big responsibility. Think about it!
4) You might need to listen to foreign languages
This is a real issue for many people. When your business makes it abroad, you’ll probably find yourself going more on vacation. Going to Florida is one thing, but if your wife insists on traveling to Venice, Paris or even Japan it’s a completely new ball game.
Starting from your hotel room and ending with waiters in restaurants, they might know some English, but you’ll have to cope with a lot of phrases in foreign language. It gets tiering, spending the whole day sight seeing, just to hear French again in the evening.
It’s irreversible, so better be sure
You should know that once you and your family gets used to a new lifestyle, going back to an office job is almost impossible. Think about the consequences and ask yourself – “am I cut out for this?”
If you’re not sure, better wait. For most people the sudden urge to become independent and successful quickly dies off and they adjust back to their jobs. Just in case, if you’re really really sure you can handle it, best to start going global today.
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